bank

noun (1)
\ ˈbaŋk \

Definition of bank 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1 : a mound, pile, or ridge raised above the surrounding level: such as

a : a piled-up mass of cloud or fog a fog bank a bank of dark clouds

b : an undersea elevation rising especially from the continental shelf

2 : the rising ground bordering a lake, river, or sea or forming the edge of a cut or hollow We lived along the banks of the Mississippi River.

3a : a steep slope (as of a hill) climbed a steep bank up to the cabin

b : the lateral inward tilt of a surface along a curve The engineers hadn't given the road enough bank. : the lateral inward tilt of a vehicle (such as an airplane) when turning The bomber crossed the target area in a sharp bank.

4 : a protective or cushioning rim or piece

bank

verb (1)
banked; banking; banks

Definition of bank (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to build a raised border of earth around : to raise a bank (see bank entry 1 sense 2) about bank a fishpond

b : to restrict the flow of air to (a fire) especially by piling ash around or over the burning embers They banked the campfire at midnight so it could be easily revived in the morning.

c : to build (a curve) with the roadbed or track inclined laterally upward from the inside edge

2 : to heap or pile in a bank banking sand up along a river to prevent flooding

3a billiards : to drive (a ball) into a cushion

b sports : to bounce (a ball or shot) off a surface (such as a backboard) into or toward a goal bank in a rebound

4 : to form or group in a tier

intransitive verb

1 : to rise in or form a bank often used with up clouds would bank up about midday, and showers fall —William Beebe

2a : to incline an airplane laterally The pilot banked right.

b(1) : to incline laterally torpedo planes … darting in to attack, then banking off —K. M. Dodson

(2) : to follow a curve or incline skiers banking around the turn

bank

noun (2)

Definition of bank (Entry 3 of 5)

1a : an establishment for the custody, loan, exchange, or issue of money, for the extension of credit, and for facilitating the transmission of funds paychecks automatically deposited into the bank went to the bank to make a withdrawal open a bank account

b obsolete : the table, counter, or place of business of a money changer

2 : a person conducting a gambling house or game specifically : dealer

3 : a supply of something held in reserve: such as

a in games : the fund of supplies (such as money, chips, or pieces) held by the banker (see banker entry 1 sense 2) or dealer

b in games : a fund of pieces (such as dominoes) from which the players draw select another domino from the bank

4 : a place where something is held available memory banks especially : a depot for the collection and storage of a biological product a blood bank

bank

verb (2)
banked; banking; banks

Definition of bank (Entry 4 of 5)

intransitive verb

1 : to manage a bank

2 : to deposit money or have an account in a bank (see bank entry 3 sense 1a) choosing where to bank

transitive verb

: to deposit or store in a bank bank a check Whole blood … could be banked indefinitely …Time

bank on

: to depend or rely on can always bank on her friendship

bank

noun (3)

Definition of bank (Entry 5 of 5)

1 : a group or series of objects arranged together in a row or a tier a bank of vending machines : such as

a : a set of elevators

b : a row or tier of telephones worked at a phone bank calling potential donors

2 journalism : one of the horizontal and usually secondary or lower divisions of a headline reading the bank of the headline

Did You Know?

The literal meaning of Italian banca was “bench,” but the word was also used for the benchlike counter at which an early money changer transacted business, and later to describe the money changer’s shop itself—the bank. When the banking trade spread from Italy to France, and then to England, the Italian word went with it and became our English bank.

First Known Use of bank

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1738, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (3)

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bank

Noun (1)

Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse bakki bank; akin to Old English benc bench — more at bench

Verb (1)

see bank entry 1

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Middle French or Old Italian; Middle French banque, from Old Italian banca, literally, bench, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English benc

Verb (2)

see bank entry 3

Noun (3)

Middle English banc bench, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English benc

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More Definitions for bank

bank

noun
\ ˈbaŋk \

Kids Definition of bank

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : a mound or ridge especially of earth a bank of snow

2 : the side of a hill

3 : the higher ground at the edge of a river, lake, or sea the banks of the river

4 : something shaped like a mound a bank of clouds

5 : an undersea elevation : shoal

bank

verb
banked; banking

Kids Definition of bank (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : to build (a curve) in a road or track with a slope upward from the inside edge

2 : to heap up in a mound or pile Wind banked snow against the door.

3 : to raise a pile or mound around bank a stone wall

4 : to tilt to one side when turning

bank

noun

Kids Definition of bank (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : a business where people deposit and withdraw their money and borrow money

2 : a small closed container in which money may be saved

3 : a storage place for a reserve supply a blood bank

bank

verb
banked; banking

Kids Definition of bank (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : to have an account in a bank We bank locally.

2 : to deposit in a bank bank ten dollars

bank

noun

Kids Definition of bank (Entry 5 of 5)

: a group or series of objects arranged together in a row a bank of seats

bank

noun
\ ˈbaŋk \

Medical Definition of bank 

: a place where something is held available data bank especially : a depot for the collection and storage of a biological product of human origin for medical use a sperm bank an eye bank — see blood bank

bank

noun
\ ˈbaŋk \

Legal Definition of bank 

: an organization for the custody, loan, or exchange of money, for the extension of credit, and for facilitating the transmission of funds

branch bank

: a banking facility that is a separate but dependent part of a chartered bank especially : a facility that performs some banking functions and is separate from a main office

bridge bank

: a national bank that is chartered for a limited time to operate an insolvent bank until it is sold

central bank

: a national bank that establishes monetary and fiscal policy and controls the money supply and interest rate

collecting bank

: a bank other than the payor bank that is handling for collection a negotiable instrument or a promise or order to pay money

commercial bank

: a bank organized chiefly to handle the everyday financial transactions of businesses (as through deposit accounts and commercial loans)

cooperative bank

: an association (as a credit union) owned by and offering banking services for its members specifically : savings and loan association

depositary bank

: the first bank to take a negotiable instrument or promise or order to pay money unless the instrument, promise, or order is presented for immediate payment over the counter

federal land bank

: a land bank that is under federal charter and regulated by the Farm Credit Administration

Federal Reserve bank

: one of 12 central banks set up under the Federal Reserve Act to hold reserves for and extend credit to affiliated banks in their respective districts

intermediary bank

: a bank other than the depositary or payor bank to which a negotiable instrument or promise or order to pay is transferred in the course of collection

land bank

1 : a bank that provides financing for land development and farm mortgages especially by issuing stock — see also federal land bank in this entry

2 : a trust that holds land for purposes of preservation or conservation

national bank

: a bank operating under federal charter and supervision

nonbank bank

: a financial organization (as a branch of an out-of-state bank) that either accepts demand deposits or makes commercial loans

payor bank

: a bank that is the drawee of a draft

presenting bank

: a bank other than a payor bank that presents a negotiable instrument or promise or order to pay money

savings bank

: a bank organized to hold depositors' funds in interest-bearing accounts and to make long-term investments (as in home mortgage loans)

state bank

: a bank operating under state charter and law

Other words from bank

banker \ˈbaŋ-kər \ noun

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